Dean Markley USA

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Dean Markley USA, Inc.
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1972
Founder Dean Markley
Headquarters 17505 N. 79th Ave, Suite 307, Glendale, Arizona 85308
Key people
  • Lori McCallian; CEO
  • John Weaver; Partner (CEO, Blackhawk Management Group, Inc)
Number of employees
20 (est)

Dean Markley Strings is a company that manufactures musical instrument-related products, primarily strings for acoustic and electric guitars, classical guitars and bass guitars. The company also produces pick ups, amplifiers, and tuners, with instrument strings being their feature product.[1]


Before starting the company, Dean Markley was a music store owner. In 1972 he began selling string designs he came up with himself through experimentation. His first breakthrough into success was when he created the Voice Box effects pedal used by Peter Frampton in his smash hit "Show Me the Way".[2]

Blue Steel guitar strings[edit]

One of Dean Markley's recent notable innovations are "Blue Steel" guitar and bass strings, which are cryogenically frozen with liquid nitrogen to make them last longer.[3]


  1. ^ Our Products
  2. ^ Dean Markley Strings,
  3. ^ Dean Markley bronze hits 20

External Links[edit]

  • Dean Markley Interview for NAMM Oral History Program (2007)